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Amazon Laundpad service helps startups get started

Amazon Laundpad service helps startups get started

Amazon has introduced its new “Amazon Launchpad” service, a program for startups that allows new companies to distribute and market their products. Amazon’s global fulfillment network is one of the perks for startups, as well as custom pages for one’s products and a “streamlined onboarding experience” and marketing package. The startups that join will be featured in Amazon’s new Launchpad store, which currently features many products in a few categories, including a bunch that were funded through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

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Verizon XLTE expands into half a dozen new markets

Verizon XLTE expands into half a dozen new markets

Verizon has announced an expansion of its XLTE market. With XLTE, the wireless carrier says it has essentially doubled “the number of lanes on a freeway … all traffic can move faster but we haven’t change the speed limit”. It brings faster peak speeds and a higher capacity to 4G LTE markets getting service via the AWS spectrum, and XLTE-ready devices can use both the AWS spectrum and the original 700MHz 4G LTE spectrum that spans the nation, among other things.

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Samsung schedules Unpacked August 13th: Note 5 ahoy!

Samsung schedules Unpacked August 13th: Note 5 ahoy!

This week is bringing events from a few big companies, but Samsung is not one of them. Instead, the Korean company will be having its next event in mid-August, but before that it has started teasing what we can expect. The company fired out some invites today, announcing that it will be showing off its next big thing on August 13, and it followed the invites with an animated teaser on its Twitter account -- we see rolling lines, and they (probably) mean there's another curved display inbound.

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Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo is planning to push out a “massive” update for Splatoon on August 5, and with it will come a pair of new matchmaking modes, a level cap increase, new types of weapons, and more than three dozens new pieces of gear. The update will be provided for free for the Wii U; Nintendo is sure to point out that it has other updates planned, as well, saying it has additional updates in the pipeline for both this summer and the quickly approaching fall season.

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Netflix has an original movie directed by Angelina Jolie inbound

Netflix has an original movie directed by Angelina Jolie inbound

If there were any doubts about Netflix’s ability to pull off original movies, its increasingly notable announcements should put them to rest. On Friday, Netflix announced that Angelina Jolie will be directing a Netflix Original Film called “First They Killed My Father”, an adaption of the book by Cambodian author Loung Ung detailing life during the Khmer Rouge regime. Jolie, says Netflix, co-adapted the movie’s script in conjunction with Ung. This follows a lineup of original movies Netflix will begin releasing in October.

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Lyft and Starbucks deal adds coffee tipping, rewards

Lyft and Starbucks deal adds coffee tipping, rewards

While Uber has been busy striking up different partnerships with cities and others, Lyft has apparently been courting Starbucks, as today the two companies jointly announced a new multi-year deal that will have Starbucks customers earning stars, drivers getting gold status, and Starbucks employees having another option for getting to work -- the latter, at least, being possible, as Starbucks says it is exploring some options with Lyft. This is the latest among Starbucks' partnerships; it recently struck up a deal with Spotify.

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Hearthstone expansion “The Grand Tournament” inbound

Hearthstone expansion “The Grand Tournament” inbound

Today Blizzard announced the next expansion pack for “Hearthstone”, and it is called “The Grand Tournament.” The announcement was made at an event in San Francisco earlier, and was joined by a video showing off the upcoming expansion (available after the jump). The expansion will be arriving next month, and follows the Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion that has already been released. There will be a new board, new cards, and more.

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Dropbox has acquired Clementine

Dropbox has acquired Clementine

Clementine, a messaging and voice service, has been acquired by Dropbox, the company announced. Says Clementine, the Dropbox acquisition means its “stage will grow dramatically”, and that Dropbox will be building upon its technology. Unfortunately for users, however, it also means Clementine will be shutting down, leaving only the free aspects of its mobile app live up until the end of next month. The terms of the acquisition were not detailed.

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Microsoft suffered big financial blow last quarter

Microsoft suffered big financial blow last quarter

Following Apple's recent report, Microsoft has dropped details on its own most recent financial quarter, and it doesn't bring good news: the company had its worst quarterly results ever, something partly attributed to its Nokia happenings and a continually downturned PC market. The company saw a quarterly revenue drop of 5.1-percent, with it raking in $22.18 billion (compared to last year’s $23.38 billion). The company saw a decrease in Office sales despite a slight growth, as well as a drop in Windows volume licensing and Windows OEM revenue.

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The Last of Us soundtrack will soon be on vinyl

The Last of Us soundtrack will soon be on vinyl

Think carefully and you might remember hearing mention of The Last of Us soundtrack being slated to eventually arrive on vinyl. Your memory isn’t playing tricks on you — mention of the plans were made way back in December 2014, and now we’re finally hearing more about the imminent release: the vinyl soundtrack will be available to buy this upcoming Wednesday, and it will feature a stunning new cover made by the same designer who made the originally teased cover for the release.

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You’ll soon be able to eat gluten again courtesy of egg yolks

You’ll soon be able to eat gluten again courtesy of egg yolks

Those with celiac disease are unable to eat foods containing gluten, and as a result have very limited diets. Others say they are intolerant to gluten, unable to eat it without discomfort, and so too elect to remove it from their diet. Thanks to the studious work of some Canadian researchers, however, those dietary limitations may be a thing of the past. Researchers at the University of Alberta have used egg yolks to develop a new supplement that blocks the absorption of the component from gluten that causes celiacs their troubles.

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Google Play launches in Sudan

Google Play launches in Sudan

Google's online store for Android apps and more is available to many people, but not everyone. The number of individuals who don't have access to it is ever shrinking, however, and today marks another expansion for Google Play: it has launched in Sudan. Google announced the launch via its Google Plus account today, saying that the launch is part of its "commitment to helping more people around the globe use technology to communicate, find and create information." There is one big limitation, however.

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